Greece biking vacation, Messinia

“An idyllic eight days of cycling in Messina, through picturesque rural villages and seaside resorts. This is a superb chance to explore the culture, history and lifestyles of south-west Peloponnese.”

Highlights

Kalamata | Petalidi | Polylimnio | Koroni | Finikounda | Methoni | Pylos | Filiatra | Kyparissia | Kalo Nero | Messinia |

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Taking care of the natural environment is something that we really concern ourselves with. Not only because a pure and beautiful environment is necessary for the basis of a great cycling tour, but mainly because we live here and our children do too.

There are several things that we do to apply our policy about the protection of the environment. All our tours are small group tours, so there is more control of the environmental impact. We inform all the clients about guidelines that they should follow to protect the environment. All the hotels we chose are small family businesses that have minimum effect on the environment, not only because of their size but also because of their policies.

Finally, we understand that no matter what we do, the footprint of the traveler will be left. This is why we organize a reforestation project offering 5 euros per person and accepting donations to plant trees in areas that were hit by great fires during the summer.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Although this specific part of Greece, Messinia, is popular to tourists and well developed, it is still unharmed and beautiful. The community has managed to maintain all the original characteristics that differentiate it from others, something that you will also come to understand when you are here.

In terms of our responsible tourism policy, we organise all our tours in a way that the locals benefit as much as possible from the tourists. We are locals, all our employees are locals, and all our cooperators like the hotels that we choose are locals too. All these people really need your presence here but on the other hand in this way you will also come as close as possible to the Messinian culture.

We work hard on the responsible development of tourism in the area. Our plans are to convince the state to create official cycling paths in and between the towns, which everyone will be able to use and will improve the quality of life for the locals too.

Climate

4 Reviews of Greece biking vacation, Messinia

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Reviewed on 02 Jul 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Cycling over mountains in heavy thunderstorms

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


You need to be physically fit and be prepared for the unexpected (e.g. encounters with stray dogs, large potholes in roads, rough tracks etc).

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The vacation supported the incomes of local people. Cycling obviously lessens environmental impacts compared with touring by car.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


In terms of weather, this was the most unusual week I have ever spent in Greece during the summer. There was heavy rain almost every day, with a red alert for dangerous thunderstorms for most of the time. Nevertheless, the route passed through areas of outstanding beauty and interesting Byzantine historical sites. The hired bike could have been better, but overall this was a very exhilarating vacation.

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The actual cycling was most memorable, and the beach time. It was the purpose of the trip and well recalled!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Spend extra time on the beach after your trip if you can. Kalamata or many of the other cities are very beach worthy!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Moderate. I had a wonderful vacation, but it was not without serious issues that could've been avoided if the operator was more on top of the game.

Read the operator's response here:

It is great for us to have detailed reviews like this about our cycling tours in Greece.
We strive to accommodate all requests and handle any issues that arise with all our customers. All clients are important to us and we do our best to keep satisfied and value their feedback. We have offered a 10% discount on any of our cycling trips in the future for this customer due to the issues that occurred during this trip. Satisfied clients are a top priority to us and always will be. Thank you again for the feedback, we do take your input on board.

Reviewed on 06 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Meeting an old woman and her goat on a back road outside Petalidi. Couldn't
understand a word she said except for "kafe" but with body language I understood she was inviting us for a coffee after our ride. A great example of being able to get closer to the people in a country visited.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't go in the hot months! We were there in Late July, and were spent at the end of our ride each day.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Certainly by biking and buying from small businesses we contributed. Also interaction with the local people must have had a positive impact for both cultures.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I would use this method of travel again. Great experience in Greece!

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Visiting Koroni, Methoni and Pylos - beautiful, historic seaside towns.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


You need to be pretty fit as there is a lot of uphill cycling! The last two days were fairly easy going as the coastal road was flat, but the first few days were very hilly and one day especially, we cycled up a mountain and down the other side.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Cycling is always environmentally friendly and the local people seemed pleased to cater for tourists in what is a very difficult economic climate.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I would rate the vacation with 3 or 4 stars. I would only recommend the vacation to a very fit friend!

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